Works and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga was July 10th taken to task by opposition Members of Parliament on why government is spending K6.5 million to rehabilitate the Presidential Guest House in Kitwe.
Mafinga Member of Parliament questioned what justification is there to spend such a huge amount of money on a structure which the President will only use once he visits Kitwe, when the money could have been spent on other needy areas.
Ms Namugala wonder why K6.5 million has been allocated for the rehabilitation of the Presidential Guest House when only about K4 million has been allocated to the Ministry of Community Development,Mother and Child Health towards children.
And Chembe Member of Parliament Mwansa Mbulakulima wondered whether the Kabelenga Presidential Guest in Ndola has now been abandoned for the government to embark on the rehabilitation of the one in Kitwe.
And Katuba Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa wondered how so much money was being spent on the Presidential Guest House when first republican President Kenneth Kaunda’s house cost less to construct.
And Muchinga MP Howard Kunda wondered why government could not use the money to create youth employment considering the high level of youth unemployment in the country.
But Mr Mukanga clarified that the construction of the retirement house for Dr Kaunda cost K7 million and not K4 million as claimed by Mr Shakafuswa.
Mr Mukanga further defended the cost of rehabilitating the Presidential Guest House pointing out that a number of things needed to be replaced.
He also stated that the Guest house is not only for the President but can also be used by other important guests of the President; hence the need to ensure that meets certain standards.